Incredibly amazing. Completely phenomenal. Extraordinarily innovative. Take your pick, but either will give you an accurate description of Sabrina McKenzie.
Her life is an excellent example of, “To whom much is given, much is also required.” Blessed with an abundance of spiritual gifts, McKenzie is committed to positively impacting the world. Her multifaceted platform is a compelling combination of the arts, advocacy, mass media and, of course, ministry. She is a celebrated Pastor, business mogul, and television personality.
A native of Queens, New York, Pastor McKenzie is, perhaps, best known for her role in creating one of the most celebrated liturgical dance ministries, the International Dance Commission (IDC), which is now enjoying international acclaim. Under her leadership, the organization has grown from 40 members to over 2,000 members worldwide (which includes 40 chapters.) Her undeniable skills and passion for the arts, along with her commitment to the body of Christ, accordingly caused her to also be widely and affectionately known as The Dancing Preacher.
Pastor Sabrina earned her undergraduate degree from Morris Brown College in Political Science, and a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) in Pastoral Care from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), receiving an award for Outstanding Achievers. She served the Richardson Fellowship as the Vice President, Junior Class by overseeing the political action committee. Pastor is a graduate of Morris Brown College, Greater Atlanta Small Businesses, and Business Now. Pastor completed the Chaplains’ Program at Emory Hospital in Decatur, Georgia. On March 10th, 2011 McKenzie was ordained by Bishop Earl Johnson as a pastor.
Described as warm, transparent and compassionate, Pastor McKenzie says tragic life experiences such as losing siblings to AIDs and domestic violence, allowed her to heal through the art of dance. However, she also gives back to the community by hosting the EPIC Women Leadership Expo, a power packed weekend of enrichment, encouragement and empowerment created specifically for women that also addresses the critical issue of domestic violence.
Further, Pastor Sabrina is Founder and Director of the Dancing Preachers International Annual Dance Conference, wherein she brings together the nations through worship. She is also Founder and Director of Sabrina McKenzie Ministries (SMM) Worship Center, where she offers an Associate’s degree in Biblical Studies and a Certificate in Liturgical Dance Studies. She also serves as Creative Director for the professional dance company, Dance Nia, a school providing dance classes to inner city youth. She is the first liturgical dance minister to receive a major endorsement deal for a garment line and to design a dance sneaker called “idance.”
Pastor McKenzie is a renowned author of three books: Dance with a Purpose, Saul’s Armor Doesn’t Fit, and her latest release, From Bankhead to Buckhead: Turning Your Life Around in One Year. She is a former host on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN.) Pastor McKenzie was the 2012 Ecumenical Advisor for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. From November, 2006 until April, 2010 Sabrina has faithfully served the Georgia State House of Representatives as the Coordinator of Faith & Clergy Day. She was also a star on the “Big Rich Atlanta” reality television show, which aired on the Style Network. Pastor McKenzie was also the Show Director for the Bronner Brothers International Company which is the largest tradeshow for ethnic hair care. Today she is the executive producer of the Dancing Preachers Reality Show which airs on Impact Network and travels around the world training Worshippers and a philanthropist, advocates for two organizations she founded DAWN and Celebrities Against Domestic Violence. Blessed with a beautiful family, Pastor Sabrina is the proud mother of three beautiful children, Anandi, Khidhar and Imani Mckenzie.